In the near future, demons with the ability to fuse with machinery and infest corpses have begun terrorizing mankind. Dubbed 'Amalgams', no one knows how they are created, or where their abilities originate from. As the random outbreaks continue, the general population begins to panic, demanding protection from these vicious beasts; enter XAT, a military unit created solely to counter the Amalgam threat. Despite being a highly skilled unit, however, they find themselves hard pressed to contain the threat, let alone subdue it. To compound matters further, a new type of Amalgam surfaces that proves even more devious than the rest - one made from the human, not machine. Yet all is not lost, two of these new Amalgams - the feisty Gerd and the mysterious Blue - actively oppose the others. With the odds stacked against them, will they be able to protect mankind while simultaneously being shunned by it?
Kagura and Yomi are two girls who have a bond that cannot be broken. While once they fought side by side against the supernatural forces that threaten the planet, fate had something different in store for these star-crossed companions. Yet to understand the present, one must first experience the past – a time before Kagura’s involvement with the Supernatural Disaster Prevention Agency. Always cheery and good-natured to a fault, the young Kagura first meets Yomi when she is invited into her home. Over time, the two battle malicious spirits and grow closer together – but soon, more terrifying foes begin to reveal themselves. A swarm of glowing blue butterflies and a mysterious stone are harbingers of darker things to come, and one thing’s for sure: Kagura and Yomi will never be the same.
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
Neon Genesis Evangelion does everything that Blassreiter tries to do; it imbues philosophy, religion, and excellent character development into an otherwise classic shounen mecha apocalypse formula. I admire Blassreiter for its updated animation, but if you watch it and feel its plot could use a kick up a notch or two, be sure to check out Evangelion. You won't be disappointed.
In the year 2090, an event known as Black Valentine changed the world forever. Now, the year is 2097 and Neo Hong Kong is being invaded by a mysterious virus that can infect both man and machine, and has only two side effects: mutation and death. Mankind's only protection is STAND -- a group of armor-wearing tough guys (and girls) whose mission is to destroy the virus at all costs. Enter Serge, a troubled young man who is on a mission for revenge against one of STAND's finest. When their two worlds collide, one thing is clear: Neo Hong Kong will never be the same!
Some sort of virus that affects man and machine, creating monsters? An organization tasked to fight this threat to humanity? Plots within plots and plans within plans? Blassreiter and Virus Buster Serge have their fair share of it all.
Beyond the plots, the tone and feel are also somewhat similar. If you enjoyed one of these series, I am sure you will like the other.
Six years ago, a catastrophic event ravaged Tokyo. Amaha Masune was found at ground zero, physically unscathed, but without memories and with a child in her arms. Returning to Tokyo for the first time since the disaster, the slightly clumsy but cheerful Masune just wants make a new life and to raise her daughter without interference from the Child Welfare Agency. But unsolved murders are being committed all over Tokyo and a near-miss reveals her identity as the bearer of the Witchblade, a mysterious weapon linked to the disaster 6 years before, that seems to have a mind of its own. Giving in to the Witchblade seems dangerous, but when the powerful Dohji Corporation agrees to guarantee her a life together with her daughter if she works for them, can Masune pass up the chance?
Both anime deal with the creation of cyborgs in order to form the ultimate weapon. Selfish leaders of huge organisations attempt to rule the world by fusing humans and machines with catastrophic results. Of course the characters involved undergo incredible pain and suffering because of this. If you like your anime on the violent side with a nice dosing of science fiction and mecha then this is one that deserves a place on the TO-WATCH list.